Brothers, Rivals, Victors by Jonathan Jordan

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11 Critic Reviews

A masterly, exciting study of character and tactics in World War II.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler's hold over Europe. But they also shared intricate connections going back decades, and in the Second World War, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, patriotism, and ambition.

Drawn from the candid accounts of its main characters, this book reveals the real men beneath the legends.


 

About Jonathan Jordan

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Jonathan W. Jordan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. His writing has appeared in World War II Magazine, Armchair General, Military History, and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. A practicing attorney, he lives in Marietta, Georgia.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by NAL. 692 pages
Genres: History, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Blog on Feb 11 2011

A masterly, exciting study of character and tactics in World War II.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Korda on Apr 08 2011

Readers who want a rounded description of the war should look elsewhere. Jordan gives us the war as Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton saw it.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Burleigh on Apr 09 2011

His humane, closely ­researched and well-written "Brothers, Rivals, Victors" vividly conveys the ­mental and physical demands of high command, with even a hard charger like Patton afflicted by pre-engagement nerves.

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HistoryNet

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Kershaw on Jun 02 2011

To the uninitiated, Jordan's labor of love will prove the perfect primer on the three most powerful American warriors in Europe. For those who know a thing or two about this triumvirate of monumental egos, Jordan also offers juicy tidbits that legions of others have somehow overlooked in the archives.

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AARP

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Lenderking on Jun 30 2011

The interactions among Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley were many and varied. Jordan has fashioned a surprisingly timely group portrait of three men juggling the shifting degrees of rivalry and camaraderie brought on by the burden of protecting their country at a time of grave national peril.

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BookBrowse

Excellent
Reviewed by Blog

The story of how these three great strategists pulled together to wage the deadliest conflict in history, despite their differences and rivalries, is marvelously told in this eye-opening narrative, sure to become a classi

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Alabama Writers' Forum

Excellent
Reviewed by Julia Oliver on Aug 11 2011

With each turn of a page, this well-written account of three outstanding military leaders and one of the most significant events in our country's history becomes more engrossing.

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Army Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Col. Cole Kingseed on May 01 2011

In the end, Jordan gets it right--"at the highest level, Ike, Brad and George were, as the Army had trained them to be, members of a team whose value to the Allied cause was exponentially greater than the sum of its parts."

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Frogen Yozurt

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 10 2011

For the first time in such detail, the bonds between these battle captains are explored, and readers are treated to a rare insider’s view of life at the summit of raw, violent power.

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Naval War College Review

Good
Reviewed by Richard Norton on Apr 01 2012

Jordan paints pictures of whole men, and with remarkable fidelity. Meticulously researched, this work neither shies away from nor lingers on the flaws each man possessed.

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Notes from the Bunker

Good
Reviewed by Blaine Pardoe on Aug 26 2011

Jordan does a fantastic job of keeping the flow of the story going, providing the right military and political context so that even if you don’t know anything about these remarkable men, you will be able to follow what is happening and why.

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